Getting Started

I have played with and owned cameras for as long as I can remember.  What is different now??–time—–I have some time to take images and to play with Light Room and Photoshop and to read and learn, learn, learn.  I took THE advice to read the manual of my camera (Nikon D80) and I know my camera and what it can do.  I learned to shoot in manual mode —not easy at first.  All those numbers and settings baffled me–but not for long–I figured out how to get the exposure I want and am still fine tuning my exposure.  I discovered I like to take portraits–oh heavens–I was hoping I would want to excel in a different area –so many millions of photographers.  But I believe that God puts the path before you and you walk down it.  That is what I am doing.  I am just doing it and waiting to see what happens.  I feel excitement and exhilaration when I shoot–I love the process of being creative with the camera in my hands.  I sometimes love what I see on my computer screen after a shoot and most often think–oh my–I should have done this or that–while my client is thrilled with the outcome.  I practice practice and practice some more.  I take my camera everywhere I go–today it is to University of Washington Stadium to a football game.  I am posting a couple different styles of photography that I am good at and yet still learning more about.

I am fascinated by the brilliance of flowers and how all the details of each flower is different from another.

Alexandria on the first day of school.

Quite often my grand-kids let me take their portraits.

About ~ ~ joanne.thomas.photographer~~

I am retired, starting a new career. I love shooting portraits. People are so fun and interesting--I try to bring out there personalities and capture them in images. Children are especially interesting little people, who love to tell you all they know and are so uninhibited. I enjoy shooting weddings to capture all the details and emotions of the day. Between photo sessions I keep shooting --to learn, to experiment--to create art. The industry is ever evolving and I want to give my clients the most exciting and lasting images, full of their love of life expressing their personality.
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